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back to southern washington, john brennan, president obama's choice to lead the cia in the second term, was grilled by both democrats and republicans at a confirmation hearing today, one that got off to a raucous start, with protesters and questions about the agency's controversial drone program and interrogation program. nbc's andrea mitchell covering in our washington newsroom. andrea, it's not every day you hear the order to have the hearing room cleared. >> reporter: not indeed. in fact, the senate historians said they can't recall this happening going back to the '60s and '70s. today a chastened john brennan programs promised to be open with congress if he is confirmed to lead the cia. even as the white house still limited access to key documents in a hearing that did not get off to a smooth smart. >> members of the committee, i'm honored to appear before you today. [ heckling ] [ banging gavel ] >> please remove this woman. we will recess. >> reporter: when john brennan did get to testify, he said he opposed the harsh interrogations during the bush administration when he was at t
president obama wants to head the cia. john brennan was pressed hard on the use of drones and enhanced interrogation techniques by members of the senate intelligence committee. government memos leaked earlier this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. brennaned defended and strongly defended the use of drones but distanced himself from how the bush administration questioned terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, after defending drone attacks on terror suspects and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's le
brennan, now the president's nominee to be cia director. >> it's this surgical precision, the ability with laser-like focus to eliminate the cancerous tumor called an al qaeda terrorist. >> reporter: but his departing defense chief leon panetta, a former cia director, acknowledged this week, choosing targets for such strikes, killing by remote control, is never easy. >> i remember when i first became director of the cia and realized that i was making life and death decisions with regards to our operations. it doesn't come lightly. >> reporter: a bipartisan group of senators is demanding more transparency about the drone strikes targeting americans. and they're expected to grill brennan about the subject on thursday when he appears before the senate intelligence committee at his confirmation hearing to be the next cia director. brian? >> michael isikoff who broke this story in our d.c. newsroom for us tonight. michael, thanks. >>> on the domestic front, ever since the housing crisis that started the meltdown of the u.s. economy, a lot of americans have been waiting to see who would be
tomorrow when senate confirmation hearings begin for john brennan, president obama's nominee to head the cia. >>> a powerful earthquake that hit the south pacific. it struck near the solomon islands and generated a tsunami wave over three feet high and reports are saying that at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji. warnings that have been issued have been canceled. some homes were seriously damaged by the waves there. >>> as a young victim of the alabama standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and property of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi released these photos of the suspect's property, along with more detailed information about the rescue of 5-year-old ethan. nbc news has learned as a result of ongoing negotiations, the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes. was expecting a delivery of additional comfort items. four members of the hostage team approached the bunker and opened the hatch dropping in a flash bang device to distract dykes. he was disoriented but managed to fire one shot. the hostage tea
top al qaeda leaders. this is as john brennan faces his nomination today pp a major reversal from the white house pp after years of secretsity, president obama directed to share with members of the house and senate intelligence committees a classified memo laying out the legal drowns for drone strikes targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected operational leaders of al qaeda. >> the news came after this white paper that summarized the legal arguments for targeting u.s. citizens who were sus secretaried al qaeda leaders such as a lackey kic al awlaki been charged for a crime. they call it a lawful ability of self defense and concluded they did not require that the target was plotting a specific attacks in the immediate future. the content contents of the memo drew sharp criticism there some legal scholars. >> it really looks like a subjective judgment by the american official who will make the call. >> and civil liberties advocates say the memo is not enough. >> it should be released to the public. if the administration is going to be claiming the authority to kill american citizens
called in for the confirmation hearing of cia director john brennan. >> pakistan, somalia, and who else? >> all right. i'm going to asking that this room be cleared. >> intelligence committee chair woman dianne feinstein had police remove the protesters after several rowdy disruptions. they're upset about the use of enhanced interrogation methods which they say is torture. they say the use of drone strikes on suspected terrorists is wrong. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past france depressions. nothing could be farther from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when he there's no other alternative. >> 50 remote controlled drone strikes were carried out under president george bush. so far there have been 360 attacks under president obama. >> new details op a cable car accident in san francisco that sent seven people to the hospital this week. we know a bolt on the tracks brought that cable car to a grinding halt yesterday, but where did that mysterious bolt come from
in washington, thanks. >>> tough questions for cia director nominee john brennan. nbc's capital hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more. good morning, kelly. >> good morning, natalie. some of the country's deepest secrets were at the heart of two intense hearings where top officials were grilled about intelligence, the benghazi attacks and drone strikes and that attracted protesters. # >> pakistan, somalia. and who else? >> reporter: anger over targeted killings. >> please remove -- >> reporter: and senators who say the cia and white house won't give them answers. >> the committee is just stonewalled. >> reporter: john brennan promised more transparency if confirmed as the next cia director. but struggled to explain if he was involved in waterboarding yet -- >> i did not stop the use of those techniques. >> reporter: brennan once said those had saved lives. >> waterboarding is something that never should have been employed. >> reporter: it turning to benghazi, senators press ed outgoing leon panetta and dempsey about whether military help was too far away to rescue the slain amer
transparency about the strikes and expected to press josh brennan, the architect of the drone policy. during his confirmation hearings tomorrow. meanwhile, with billions of dollars in crippling budget cuts that go in effect march 1st, president obama urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging effect of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: what exactly is the sequester? if you think as the federal budget as a t-bone steak, it is like a butcher's knife loping off a big piece, a trillion dollars worth of domestic spending, what experts call the worst way to deal with the budget. they dismissed the president's proposed solution outright. in a few hours the president will announce his pick to replace ken salazar. she is sally jewel, maybe a familiar name for a lot of people on the west coast, ceo of the outdoor equipment giant rei recognized for her support of habitat conservation as well as outdoor recreation. savannah? >> chuck todd is the nbc white house correspondent and politic
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